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Bod-Inc: H-077

Hierocles Alexandrinus

In aureos versus Pythagorae opusculum.


Analysis of Content

a1r Aurispa, Johannes: ‘Praefatio' [addressed to] Nicolaus V, Pont. Max. Incipit: ‘[M]irabar saepe et quidnam causae fuisset mecum ipse dubitabam . . .’

a2v [Title.]

a3r Hierocles Alexandrinus: In aureos versus Pythagorae opusculum. Translated by Johannes Aurispa. Incipit: ‘[S]apientiae studium est quod in purgatione et perfectione humanae . . .’ The translator is identified in his preface.


Imprint: Padua: Bartholomaeus de Valdezoccho, 17 Apr. 1474. 4°.


Collation: a–k8 l m6.

Remarks: Signatures stamped.


ISTC: ih00151000

Hain: HC (+ Addenda) *8545;

Goff: Goff H‑151;


Proctor: Pr 6763;

Others: BSB‑Ink H‑235; CIBN H‑88; Hillard 1004; Oates 2539-40; Rhodes 908; Sheppard 5563-4.

LCN: 14511774


Copy number: H-077(1)

Stamped signatures wanting from gatherings i to m, and frequently cropped in other gatherings.

Binding: Nineteenth-century blind-tooled russia; marbled pastedowns; the gold stamp of the Bodleian Library on both covers.

Size: 197 × 146 × 22 mm.

Size of leaf: 188 × 130 mm.

Early marginal annotations mainly in one humanist hand, including extraction of key words and ‘nota' marks. On the verso of the rear endleaf: ‘Miß Marco' in a fifteenth/sixteenth century-hand.

Provenance: Acquired after 1738 (not in Fysher, Catalogus) and before 1795; see Notitia (1795), 17.

SHELFMARK: Auct. K 4.26.

Copy number: H-077(2)

Wanting the blank leaf m6.

Stamped signatures wanting from gatherings i to m, and frequently cropped in other gatherings.

Binding: Eighteenth-century gold-tooled red morocco; marbled pastedowns and gilt-edged leaves, stamped on both covers with the arms of Prince Eugene of Savoy (Savoy, impaling Bourbon-Soissons, surrounded by the collar of the Order of the Golden Fleece, surmounted by a ducal coronet; see Olivier, pl. 787(2)); for an illustration of similar bindings see Prinz Eugen und das barocke Österreich, ed. Karl Gutkas (Salzburg and Vienna, 1985), 277; the binding was perhaps the work of Étienne Boyet le jeune, of Vienna, after 1713: see Bibliotheca Eugeniana. Die Sammlungen des Prinzen Eugen von Savoyen, ed. Otto Mazal (Vienna, 1986), 216-36, containing descriptions of apparently similar bindings, which are attributed to Boyet. The spine is stamped in gilt with the same arms and with the monogram of two Es interlacing and addorsed, surmounted by a coronet.

Size: 194 × 141 × 19 mm.

Size of leaf: 187 × 127 mm.

Early marginal annotations and ‘nota' marks, some washed.

Provenance: Heavily erased note/inscription(?) on the recto of the front endleaf; not visible under ultraviolet light. Prince Eugene of Savoy (1663-1736); coat of arms (see above). Vienna, Hofbibliothek (Bibliotheca Palatina); stamp on a1r: ‘Biblioth. Palat. Vindobon. dupl.' Ingram Bywater (1840-1914); initials in pencil on the verso of front endleaf: ‘I. B.'; Elenchus, no. 1641. Bequeathed in 1914.

SHELFMARK: Byw. O 2.252.

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